Audubon Zoo (Part 2)

Audubon Zoo's private swamp

From the Mayan ruins, we went to the Louisiana swamplands, and found an exhibit along the way that I’m not sure if it actually belonged to the zoo or took up residence on its own.

big spider!

Regardless, we didn’t linger near it, but moved on to see some alligators. More especially, some albino alligators.


This one looks like it’s floating in formaldehyde, and since it didn’t move the entire time, I can’t say for sure that it wasn’t.

floating in formaldehyde?

Be careful while wandering through the swamp area, though, because you never know what’s lurking around the corners.

(This guy!)
swamp monster! where's Buffy when you need her?

It wouldn’t be a true swamp experience without rocking on the porch for a while with some Cajun music piped through speakers.

rocking chairs

penny lane

And I discovered something even better than the rocking chair, the footsie wootsie:

footsie wootsies are awesome.

Just stick a quarter into these contraptions and they rejuvenate your feet. Poor Pete, didn’t have a quarter.

get a job!

After relaxing for a spell, we looked at some more swamp scenery and easily spotted the alligators. Can you?

lurking alligators

Ok… good job! But now can you spot the bear?

where's the black bear?

Apparently, the black bears like to climb up to the top of this tower and sleep in the shade during a hot afternoon. I wanted to see them playing about the swamp. Maybe next time.

Peter was worried that the zoo train was after him. He thought he could hear it in the distance, so he ran away. We found him hiding in a corner (and coincidentally, in a perfect “broken doll” pose that I’m sure Tyra would approve).

broken doll pose

We peeked in on a tender moment for some giraffes.

tender giraffes

Amanda watched Peter climb up monkey hill.

monkey hill

While Penny and I waited in what appears to be handicap parking?

wheelchair elephant

and I busied myself taking photos of Penny Lane.

peaking Penny

smiley penny

But when I took this picture

sleepy Penny

we knew it was time to leave. This is where I discover that Amanda’s pretty amazing. Look at this:


That would be her pushing Penny in the stroller and holding Peter and still walking too fast for me to keep up. Yep, amazing.



  1. Kitty · September 2, 2009

    Your sister looks beautiful. I love that picture of her.

  2. Kimmie · September 2, 2009

    That handicaped parking is funny! I’m so jealous that you always get to go on fun adventures with your sister while mine are limited to once or twice a year!

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